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Statistical bios for the players competing in Golf Channel's Ultimate Match Play Championship, in order of seed. Click here to vote in the finals! 

Jack NicklausNo. 1 seed: Jack Nicklaus

PGA Tour wins: 73

Major victories: 18

Ultimate fact: Holds the all-time record for most majors won, capturing his first in 1962 and his last, at age 46, in 1986.


Tiger WoodsNo. 2 seed: Tiger Woods

PGA Tour wins: 74

Major victories: 14

Ultimate fact: The only player to win all four professional majors consecutively, and one of only two to win the career Grand Slam three times over.


Ben HoganNo. 3 seed: Ben Hogan

PGA Tour wins: 64

Major victories: 9

Ultimate fact: Won five majors after a life-threatening car accident in 1949, including all three in which he entered during the 'Hogan Slam' of 1953.


Bobby JonesNo. 4 seed: Bobby Jones

Amateur wins: 30

Major victories: 7

Ultimate fact: Won the 'Grand Slam' in 1930 (U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, British Amateur and British Open) and retired shortly thereafter at age 28.


Sam SneadNo. 5 seed: Sam Snead

PGA Tour wins: 82

Major victories: 7

Ultimate fact: Holds the record for most official PGA Tour wins, and is credited with at least 135 worldwide victories.


Arnold PalmerNo. 6 seed: Arnold Palmer

PGA Tour wins: 62

Major victories: 7

Ultimate fact: Won at least one PGA Tour event each year from 1955-71, and in 1963 became the first player to eclipse $100,000 in single-season earnings.


Byron NelsonNo. 7 seed: Byron Nelson

PGA Tour wins: 52

Major victories: 5

Ultimate fact: Won 18 times on the PGA Tour in 1945, including 11 tournaments in a row - both records that stand today.


Walter HagenNo. 8 seed: Walter Hagen

PGA Tour wins: 45

Major victories: 11

Ultimate fact: Won 22 straight 36-hole matches at the PGA Championship, capturing the event four consecutive times (1924-27).


Gary PlayerNo. 9 seed: Gary Player

PGA Tour wins: 24

Major victories: 9

Ultimate fact: Recorded 163 worldwide wins during his career and is one of only five players to win the modern-day career Grand Slam.


Tom WatsonNo. 10 seed: Tom Watson

PGA Tour wins: 39

Major victories: 8

Ultimate fact: Won the Open Championship five times, including four in Scotland, where he will return in 2014 as captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team.


Gene SarazenNo. 11 seed: Gene Sarazen

PGA Tour wins: 38

Major victories: 7

Ultimate fact: Struck the 'Shot heard round the world,' a 4-wood holed for a double-eagle 2 on the 15th hole at Augusta National en route to winning the 1935 Masters.


Billy CasperNo. 12 seed: Billy Casper

PGA Tour wins: 51

Major victories: 3

Ultimate fact: Won the 1966 U.S. Open at Olympic Club in a playoff despite trailing leader Palmer by seven shots with nine holes to play.


Lee TrevinoNo. 13 seed: Lee Trevino

PGA Tour wins: 29

Major victories: 6

Ultimate fact: Completed an unprecedented international sweep in 1971, winning the U.S., British and Canadian Opens in the same season.


Nick FaldoNo. 14 seed: Nick Faldo

PGA Tour wins: 9 (30 European Tour wins)

Major victories: 6

Ultimate fact: Competed in more Ryder Cups (11) and accrued more individual points (25) than any other player in the event's history.


Seve BallesterosNo. 15 seed: Seve Ballesteros

PGA Tour wins: 9 (50 European Tour wins)

Major victories: 5

Ultimate fact: Holds the record for most career European Tour wins on the circuit from 1976-95. Won 91 times around the world.


Phil MickelsonNo. 16 seed: Phil Mickelson

PGA Tour wins: 40

Major victories: 4

Ultimate fact: Won the 1991 Northern Telecom Open at age 20 while still enrolled at Arizona State, becoming just the second amateur to win on the PGA Tour since 1954.

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